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The Most Popular Halloween Costumes of Every Decade

The Most Popular Halloween Costumes of Every Decade

Halloween costumes weren’t always pop culture sensations

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Witches have been a popular Halloween costume since the 1920s.

Besides all of the candy, the best part of Halloween has to be dressing up. Every year, people obsessively spend weeks (or months) planning and putting together the perfect costume. And for 2017, that means transforming into the kids from Stranger Things, trying to make people smile (or poo) as an emoji, or throwing it back ‘90s style as a Sanderson sister from Hocus Pocus. But how did people transform themselves for Halloween throughout the decades?

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With some help from Spirit Halloween and by scouring the Internet for Halloween costume photos that were frankly horrifying, we found the most popular Halloween costumes from the 1920s until now. Until the 1940s, costumes were homemade, which meant that the clowns, witches, and skeletons running around and wreaking havoc were lovingly made by Mom or Dad. But in the 1940s, Ben Cooper and his cheap rubber masks came into play, allowing for more creative and culturally relevant costumes. Since then, we’ve seen hugely popular figures like Charlie Brown, Hulk Hogan, the Power Rangers, and Harry Potter represented through costumes.

What was the most popular costume when you were trick-or-treating? Click here to find out the most popular Halloween costumes of every decade.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


The Most Popular Halloween Costume the Year You Were Born

Costume crazes come and go &mdashlike when half your sixth grade class dressed up as a Harry Potter character for Halloween. According to HalloweenCostumes.com and the National Retail Federation, these are the most popular costumes from 1990 to today. Click through to find what everyone was dressing up as the year you were born.

Here's how popular Harley Quinn is: even though Margot Robbie didn't appear as Harley in Suicide Squad until this year, she was the top-selling costume of last year , while the film was still in production.

The 2014 live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent recast the villainous character as a sympathetic but misunderstood figure. Angelina Jolie's performance caused the dramatic black costume to become the best-selling look of the year.

"Gangnam Style" became the number one YouTube video of all time after it debuted in 2012 &mdash with 2.64 billion views and counting &mdash so it's no surprise that there were a legion of Psy impersonators trick-or-treating that year.

The track-suit wearing terror played by Jane Lynch was the best-selling costume of 2011, two years after Glee captured America's hearts (and chorus classes).

A year after Snooki became a household name on Jersey Shore , her gravity-defying signature hairdo became a Halloween staple.

Twilight costumes were all the rage in the late 2000s and early 2010s: the books were released from 2005 to 2008 and the movies debuted between 2008 and 2012, so it's no surprise that 2008 saw a lot of Edwards and Bellas.

Comic book characters, especially the ones that make the leap to film, are always popular choices, but the Joker was a particularly beloved choice the year that Heath Ledger portrayed him in The Dark Knight. The movie was released six months after his death.

Remember this look? Miley Cyrus first stepped into Hannah Montana's go-go boots in 2006. By 2007, girls everywhere were clamoring to dress just like her.

Before there was A on Pretty Little Liars , there was V, the freedom fighter in the 2006 political thriller. His all-black outfit topped off with a Guy Fawkes mask was the number one costume of the year.

Star Wars has been a beloved franchise since the 1970s, but the 2005 release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith renewed America's interest. Villainous Darth Vader was a natural choice.

Two years after Spider-Man dominated the box office, Spider-Man 2 became the second-most successful film of 2004, grossing $373 million in the United States and Canada. Once again, Spidey suits dominated Halloween.

The first Pirates of the Caribbean was the summer box office smash of 2003, and it showed when Halloween rolled around. Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was unforgettable.

Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire was the highest-grossing film of 2002, bringing in $403 million in the United States in Canada. His trademark red and blue suit was an obvious choice for trick-or-treaters that year.

The Harry Potter franchise was a wildly successful hit ever since the first book debuted in 1997, but Halloween 2001 was an especially exciting time to be a Potterhead &mdash the first movie hit theaters two weeks after the holiday.

By 2000, two of the three Austin Powers movies had debuted and a third was in the works. Mike Myers took the title role in the goofy action-comedy trilogy and inspired many trick or treaters that year.

This box office hit depicts a dystopian future in which the reality perceived by most people is actually a simulated reality called The Matrix. Keanu Reeves starred as Neo. While the outfit might look like it could be from a variety of time periods, no outfit from 1999, the year the movie hit theaters, was complete without a pair of tiny sunglasses.

South Park , the lovably crass cartoon starring four fourth-grade boys, has been widely beloved since its first episode in 1997. The first Halloween after its debut, thousands of trick-or-treaters couldn't wait to dress up like Kenny, the cynical, mumbly one.

George Clooney starred in the 1997 film Batman & Robin , spawning renewed interest in the classic comic franchise.

Horror movie Scream , which follows the murder of a teen girl, debuted the same year this costume skyrocketed to number one. That iconic mask still startles and terrifies people today, two decades later.

The Star Trek franchise is massive and spans decades, but two Trekkie TV series were both on the air in 1995: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which ran from 1993 to 1997 and Star Trek: Voyager, which aired from 1995 to 2001.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , the live-action superhero TV series, hit the air in 1993. By the following Halloween, kids were clamoring to dress up like their favorite color Power Ranger.

Barney & Friends debuted on PBS in 1992 to the delight of kids (and their parents!) across the country. A year later, the cheerful purple tyrannosaurus rex was the most popular Halloween costume in America.

This slinky costume was a smash hit the year Michelle Pfeiffer took on the classic character in Batman Returns.

In 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator, a sci-fi movie that mashed up time-travel and assassination. The sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , came out in 1991, and no one was surprised to see Terminator costumes dominate the shelves that Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as comic book characters and quickly spawned a cartoon series, movie series, video games, toys, and more. Who knew that crime-fighting, sewer-dwelling turtles named after Renaissance artists (Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael) would become one of the greatest hits of the '80s and '90s? The TMNJ movie debuted in 1990, making the franchise an especially popular choice that Halloween.


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